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Software is changing the world in many powerful ways. This podcast aims to understand the impact of software from an evolutionary perspective - what came before, what is now and what will be in the future. The Story of Software is a bi-weekly podcast looking at the people and technology that have transformed our world. It is hosted by Padraig Coffey, CEO of Zartis and historian by academic background.
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Padraig Coffey, CEO at Zartis and podcast host, is joined by Tyler Patterson, Managing Director at C.H. Robinson, as they discuss the challenges and opportunities of logistics and supply chain technology. On logistics and supply chain technology:Tyler has spent the last decade in the logistics and supply chain space at C.H. Robinson, where he is currently Managing Director. Coming from an engineering background, he has deep expertise in the sector and the technology enabling it. Here are some of the topics covered:The challenges and opportunities of the sector.The major changes in logistics and supply chain technology over the past years.The impact of 2020 on demand in the sector. The complexity of Covid-19 vaccine distribution.What is next for the sector and where is technology evolving towards.We hope you enjoy listening to this tech podcast and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com
26. Remote Work

26. Remote Work

2021-04-2037:29

Padraig Coffey, CEO at Zartis, is joined by Siobhán Fairman, Software Development Manager at Compliance and Risks, as they discuss how to successfully enable remote work for software engineering teams.Remote Work Becomes the Norm; How Software Teams are Shaping the Way We Work TogetherSiobhan has been working remotely for over 10 years and has managed a distributed software engineering team for most of that time. Padraig has enabled Zartis’ transition to a fully remote company of 180+ people across 5 countries.They share their experience and insights on:> What are the key ingredients to running a successful distributed team?> What is the role of the team members, the manager, and the company in enabling successful remote work?> What are the good practices for managing a successful distributed software engineering team?> What can companies expect from a post-covid world and how can they adapt their approach to the many unknowns?We hope you enjoy listening to this tech podcast and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com
Padraig Coffey, CEO at Zartis, is joined by Matthias Feys, CTO at ML6, as they discuss artificial intelligence, machine learning and their current and potential use cases.On Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning:This episode takes a deep dive into the world of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), as Matthias shares his expertise and insights into this field. Here are some of the topics covered:What are AI / ML / Deep Learning and Computer Vision?Automation - loss of jobs vs improved quality of life.The history of artificial intelligence and the AI winters.AI in software development: software developing software.AI and ML in sports.Ethics in this space.Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.We hope you enjoy listening to this tech podcast and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com
Padraig Coffey, CEO at Zartis, is joined by Alex Wilson, Co-Founder at The Giving Block, as they discuss how technology is changing the philanthropy world.This episode explores the huge opportunity for technology to make an impact within the philanthropy sector, focusing on what is already being done, how has Covid impacted the transition and what the future holds.Alex walks us through the innovative ways technology is changing donations, more specifically focusing on enabling cryptocurrency donations. He shares his insights on enabling transparency in the philanthropy space and some interesting ideas as to enabling innovation. We hope you enjoy listening to this tech podcast and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com
Padraig Coffey, CEO at Zartis, is joined by Rob Zuber, CTO at CircleCI, as they discuss the evolution of Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery/Deployment (CI/CD) technology.Rob has spent more than 20 years at the forefront of tech innovation and software startups. During this time, he co-founded 4 companies and served as CTO at 3, including CircleCI, the world’s largest shared continuous integration and continuous delivery platform. At CircleCI, he has led the company through its Series B through E rounds, and is currently leading a team of 150+ engineers. Rob walks us through the evolution of CI/CD from two main perspectives, both closely interlinked - on one hand the evolution of processes and working methodologies (e.g. the impact of Agile) and on the other - the evolution of tools in this space. The episode explores:> What is Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment? > What are the advantages of implementing CI/CD approach?> How did CI/CD ideas and technologies come about and evolved over the past few decades and who were the key figures behind them?> Has Covid impacted the way or speed at which companies are implementing CI/CD?> What does the future hold? The end of on-call?We hope you enjoy listening to this tech podcast and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com
In this episode, Padraig Coffey, CEO at Zartis, is joined by Mark MacMahon, CTO at the Steinbeis School of Management and Innovation in Germany and Dr. Tony Matthews from Griffith University in Australia, as they explore the evolution of educational technology in the context of universities. Third level institutions have been late to the party when it comes to tech innovation. Users of tech have been generally slow to adopt, and builders of tech have generally gravitated to more lucrative domains.Covid is changing all of that quite rapidly, and the pressure being put on universities from a range of sources - students unhappy with the ROI from a degree, public health issues limiting the arrival of lucrative foreign students etc - is creating a reckoning for higher education providers.Tune in to explore how technology can answer those challenges and changing demands, as well as open up a world of opportunities in the higher education space. We hope you enjoy listening to this tech podcast and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com
21. 31 Startups

21. 31 Startups

2021-02-0932:01

In this episode, Padraig Coffey, CEO at Zartis, is joined by Connor Murphy, CEO of Bridge, and a serial entrepreneur and investor, to discuss tech entrepreneurship and what he has learned from his involvement in more than thirty startups.The world of tech startups is fraught with challenges as well as opportunities, and it can be difficult for company founders to navigate the risks. Connor sheds light on his perspective of tech entrepreneurship, which was gained through 20 years experience working in, setting up, and investing in technology companies.From the mindset and the founding team selection, to the Venture Capital market, Connor Murphy shares his insights on the mistakes he observes startups often making. Find out what kind of company culture, team structure or investor relationship you need to favor, and how you can avoid the common pitfalls.We hope you enjoy listening to this tech podcast and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com
In this episode, Padraig Coffey, CEO at Zartis, is joined by Ronan Ryan, Co-Founder & President of  IEX Exchange and co-host of the Boxes & Lines podcast.IEX Exchange is the eighth largest stock exchange operator globally in terms of the value of shares traded every day. To put this in context, on a daily basis, IEX Exchange processes more trades than the London stock exchange.  Ronan Ryan walks us through the ins and outs of modern stock trading, high frequency trading, and the early days and evolution of IEX. He shares what it’s like to build an exchange from scratch - from a mindset, technical and business perspective.We hope you enjoy listening to this tech podcast and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com
19. Texting

19. Texting

2020-12-2224:02

In this episode, Padraig Coffey, CEO at Zartis and podcast host, is joined by James Lapic, Chief Technology Officer at Zipwhip, as they discuss the history and evolution of texting technology.Note: The ‘History of Software’ podcast has been rebranded to The Story of Software since the recording of this episode.The History of Texting Technology:Messaging technology has changed our world in many material and unexpected ways. If we look back at the changes in communication technology, they have some significant societal impacts - the invention of paper in 2nd century BC China is linked to the dissemination of literacy, the invention of the printing press in 1440 brought the reformation and some massive social and cultural changes in Europe. More recently, we can talk about the electrical telegraph, the mobile phone and the focus of today’s episode - text messaging. The very first SMS was sent in the early 90s, as an engineer discovered that the data channel, which tells a cell phone it’s time to ring, can also be used to transmit small messages.How has texting evolved since from a technological and user perspective? What are the fundamental differences between SMS and OTT messaging services, such as Facebook messenger, Whatsapp etc? How has texting changed the way people communicate today? How is texting changing business communication? Tune in to explore the world of messaging technology.We hope you enjoy listening to our tech podcast and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com
18. Claude Shannon

18. Claude Shannon

2020-12-1040:58

In this episode, Padraig Coffey, CEO at Zartis and podcast host, is joined by Jimmy Soni & Rob Goodman, authors of ‘A Mind at Play,’ a fascinating biography, exploring the life and work of Claude Shannon, considered the Architect of the Information Age. Note: The ‘History of Software’ podcast has been rebranded to The Story of Software since the recording of this episode.Claude Shannon - His Life, Work and Legacy:Claude Shannon laid the foundation for the digital and information age as we know it today. His insights are at the basis of how every digital computer is built, in how emails are sent, video is streamed, web pages are loaded.Jimmy and Rob take us on a journey through the fascinating life of Claude Shannon - from his childhood, through his work on circuits and information theory, to his tinkerings - building a fleet of unicycles, the flame-throwing trumpet, rocket-powered frisbee. Tune in to join us on an adventure, as we explore a genius mind at play.Claude Shannon’s work was largely inspired by the theoretical foundations laid by George Boole. For more of the backstory of George Boole, check out episode #7 of the History of Software podcast.We hope you enjoy listening to our tech podcast and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com.
In this episode, Padraig Coffey, CEO at Zartis and podcast host, is joined by Brian Kelly, VP of Engineering at FlipDish, as they explore the history and evolution of the agile movement. Note: The ‘History of Software’ podcast has been rebranded to The Story of Software since the recording of this episode.Agile & The Challenges of Scrum:The Agile Manifesto was published in 2001 and has largely taken the software industry by storm. A 2020 report found that 95% of participating companies are using Agile methodologies. While it’s largely debatable to what extent all these companies are actually agile in practice, rather than in theory, the impact and widespread use of Agile methodologies across the software sector today is undeniable.Why is Agile so incredibly impactful and widely accepted as a way of organizing software development work?  How has the movement evolved since it first started? What are the areas in which it hasn’t evolved fast enough? What is Scrum? What are its advantages and limitations in comparison to other agile approaches such as Kanban, XP, etc? What is the future of the agile movement?Tune in as Padraig and Brian explore this fascinating topic.We hope you enjoy listening and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com.
In this episode, Padraig Coffey, CEO at Zartis and podcast host, is joined by Joshua Forman, Director of Engineering at Shapeshift, as they explore the evolution of cryptocurrencies and bitcoin. Note: The ‘History of Software’ podcast has been rebranded to The Story of Software since the recording of this episode.From the very first examples of digital currencies, through the evolution of Bitcoin and subsequent cryptocurrencies, to where it’s all headed - this episode explores the technical, social and economic factors that have enabled and driven the adoption of cryptocurrencies. What is bitcoin and how did it come about? What are the limitations of blockchain and how did that drive the evolution of other cryptocurrencies? What are the security considerations and the infrastructure of technologies around cryptocurrencies? What is the ecological impact? What is next for the cryptocurrencies from an adoption and technical perspective? Tune in for the answers to those and many more questions, as Josh Forman, shares his insights into this fascinating space.We hope you enjoy listening and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com.
15. Online Payments

15. Online Payments

2020-11-1029:00

In this episode, Padraig Coffey, CEO at Zartis and podcast host, is joined by Colm Lyon, founder of Fire and Realex Payments, as they explore the history of online payments.Note: The ‘History of Software’ podcast has been rebranded to The Story of Software since the recording of this episode.In 1871, Western Union authorized the ability to send money via wire transfer, which marked the dawn of Fintech and technology-driven payments. And yet, the defining moments of the evolution of online payments will follow towards the end of the 20th and beginning of the 21st century. As with many aspects of life as we know it today, the internet played a key role in shaping the demand and the technology at the base of it. From the way we interact with banks to the emergence and growth of e-commerce - the last few decades marked an increased need for payment technology that enables the changing economy.What were and what are the technological challenges of building online payments technology? How has the sector evolved in the past decades, as the demand has increased exponentially? Is open banking the future? And what is the opportunity for the up and coming entrepreneurs in the sector? Tune in to hear Colm share his insights.We hope you enjoy listening and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com.
In this episode, Padraig Coffey, CEO at Zartis and podcast host, is joined by Alec Turnbull, VP of Product at Dotdash. They explore how the internet has changed how we seek out and learn new things with specific focus on the 1990s and early 2000s. Note: The ‘History of Software’ podcast has been rebranded to The Story of Software since the recording of this episode.In 1993, there were only about 130 websites on the internet. A bit more than a year later, as the first browsers appeared, that number had grown to over 23 000. In 1997, that number was 1.1 million, and today, an estimated 1.7 billion websites exist.This episode explores how this exponential evolution has impacted the way we look for and consume content, the way we understand and consume media. From the first ad on the internet to the impact of digitalization on the journalistic practice and profession - the episode covers a lot of ground. Tune in for more details!We hope you enjoy listening and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com.
In this episode, Padraig Coffey, CEO at Zartis and podcast host, is joined by JP Beaudry, Vice President of Engineering at edX, as they explore the history of educational technology.Note: The ‘History of Software’ podcast has been rebranded to The Story of Software since the recording of this episode.In 2012, edX published their very first online course called ‘Circuits and Electronics’. More than 155 000 learners signed up and over 7200 passed this rigorous MIT course. To fully understand this number - it would take an MIT professor over 35 years to teach this many students in person. This course alone has reached nearly half a million learners since.The internet brought in a watershed moment by lowering the barrier of entry to education and allowing world-wide access to information. Education technology has seen an unprecedented rise since, and the Covid crisis seems to have only amplified the demand.Tune in for this episode, as JP and Padraig explore the evolution of educational technology - from the invention of the printing press to the first iterations of distance learning to the highly complex technology at play today.We hope you enjoy listening and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com.
12. Online Poker

12. Online Poker

2020-10-2030:20

This week Padraig Coffey, CEO at Zartis and podcast host, is joined by Aidan Donnelly, a technologist who spent many years in the online poker business.Note: The ‘History of Software’ podcast has been rebranded to The Story of Software since the recording of this episode.When and what was the first online poker game? As many other platforms have appeared in the market since, what made some of them succeed and others fail?Building an online poker platform means 24/7 availability, 100% accuracy when tracking money and the capacity to handle tens of thousands of players at the same time. What are the technical challenges when building an online poker system? What are the architecture and infrastructure considerations? How do you test it? What are the legal issues to consider?Listen in for the answers to those questions and much more from the world of online poker.We hope you enjoy listening and share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com.
In this episode, Padraig Coffey, CEO of Zartis, is joined by Sean O’Sullivan, CTO at Engage EHS, as they explore the evolution of the Irish tech sector in the second half of the 20th century. Note: The ‘History of Software’ podcast has been rebranded to The Story of Software since the recording of this episode.For the past 5 years, Ireland has ranked as the fastest growing economy in the European Union. This is in no small part due to its booming technology sector. In this episode, we explore how the Irish tech industry as we know it today came to be.The first stored-program computer was purchased by the Irish Sugar company, and it arrived in Ireland in 1957. Its purpose was to perform complex calculations regarding payments to sugar beet farmers. Around the same time, in 1956, the first multinational – IBM – set up in Ireland. A decade later, in 1968, the first indigenous technology company – System Dynamics – was set up.In the following decades, Ireland would see a growing number of multinationals and indigenous tech companies open up offices. This has enabled a shift in the wider economic and societal outlook of the country. Moving away from an agrarian society towards high value-added industries, from a conservative to a more liberal society.To learn more, follow us on a deep dive through the second half of the 20th century in the Irish tech sector.We hope you enjoy listening to our tech podcast and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com.
In this episode, Padraig Coffey, CEO at Zartis, is joined by André Neubauer, CTO at Smava, to discuss software architecture and its evolution throughout the years.Note: The ‘History of Software’ podcast has been rebranded to The Story of Software since the recording of this episode.We live in a changing world and a changing economy, where the demands of the market and the customers evolve at an incredibly rapid pace. Software development has had to adapt. And a major aspect in adapting is re-thinking about the way software is designed.What is software architecture? What are the main factors that have influenced its evolution? Who owns the architecture in an organization and what are the implications of that? Listen in to hear the details.We hope you enjoy listening and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com.
In this episode of our tech podcast, Padraig Coffey, CEO at Zartis, is joined once again by John Dennehy, Founder of Zartis, Agreeable and Hirehive, to continue their discussion on the evolution of video games. This time, tackling a new decade - the 90s.The 90s brought in a lot of innovation across the gaming sector. On the games side, we saw the rise of first-shooter games and the further popularization of console and PC games. On the business side, companies were tapping into new demographics, targeting older audiences, while also experimenting with new distribution models, such as shareware.Tune in to hear more and revisit some of the most popular games of the decade, and the people behind them.Note: The ‘History of Software’ podcast has been rebranded to The Story of Software since the recording of this episode.We hope you enjoy listening to our tech podcast and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com.
In this episode of our software podcast, we explore the early days of video games, from the first game in 1952 till the glory days of arcade games.Note: The ‘History of Software’ podcast has been rebranded to The Story of Software since the recording of this episode.We look into the rise and fall of the early console gaming industry in the 80s. The market collapsed by 97% between 1983 and 1985, as annual revenues across the sector went from 3.2 billion to 100 million. To learn what caused this crash and what followed in the evolution of video games, tune in!For this episode, Padraig Coffey, CEO at Zartis, is joined by John Dennehy, Founder at HireHive, Agreeable and Zartis.We hope you enjoy listening to our tech podcast and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com.
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